On January 16, the Iraqi Army received the first batch of Russian-made T-90S and T-90SK Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) according to a report of Defense Blog released on February 1. The batch is a part of a contract to supply the Iraqi Army with 73 T-90S and T-90SK MBTs that was finalized by Russia and Iraq in July 2017.
The T-90S is manufactured by the Russian Uralvagonzavod company. The T-90S is an export version of the original T-90A battle tank. This model is equipped with a computerized day and night targeting system and is capable of launching the 9M119 Refleks anti-tank guided missiles via its 125mm 2A46M smoothbore gun. The battle tank is powered by a 1,000 hp (750 kW) engine made by the Russian Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant.
The T-90S is usually equipped with a leaner version of the Shtora-1 passive/active protection system that does not include the infra-red jammers. However, a fully capable version of the Shtora-1 system was exported to Syria and Algeria. This means that the Iraqi T-90S MBTs may be also equipped with it.
The T-90SK is the command version of the T-90S and it shares most of its specs with additional communication and navigation equipment. The T-90S will fill a large gap in the Iraqi Armored Forces that’s currently relying mainly on the US-made M1A1 Abrams battle tanks.